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Poland: Will charge Ukrainian refugees for state-provided housing and meals

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After an initial burst of public support for refugees, resources are running out and refugees are struggling to find apartments and receive support

Poland plans to charge Ukrainian refugees for food and shelter after four months in state accommodation, the government announced today.

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More than a million Ukrainian refugees have taken refuge in Poland since Russia invaded on February 24, relying on state aid and the kindness of strangers who opened their homes to them.

But after an initial burst of public support for refugees, resources are running out and refugees are struggling to find apartments and receive support as Poland faces a cost-of-living crisis and budget pressures.

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“Citizens of Ukraine staying in Poland in collective accommodation centers will participate in the cost of housing and feeding,” the government said in a statement.

Those staying in such accommodation, for example in government-funded hotel or school dormitory rooms, for more than 120 days will have to cover 50% of the cost up to 40 zlotys ($8.87) per day per person. After 180 days they will have to cover 75% of the cost up to 60 zlotys. Those unable to work due to age or disability would be exempt, as would pregnant women, according to the plan.

The government wants the new rules to take effect from March 1, 2023. The bill will be tabled in Parliament where it is expected to be passed by a large majority.

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